Well… 2020 is FINALLY winding down and today we share Kim’s Top 10 of 2020! These are in no particular order, since it becomes impossible for her to rank them! Jessica’s Top 10 will be revealed tomorrow:
The Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King
I loved this whole series! The characters were intriguing and the story complete and engaging! My review is here.
Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour
A unique story that kept me enraptured and questioning all the way through! My review is here.
Devil’s Night by Curtis M. Lawson
The perfect horror anthology with something for everyone! My review is here.
In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody
An easy to read story with a relatable lesson and a gorgeous cover! My video review is here.
Munich by Robert Harris
A nitty gritty micro look at history that could have been dull, but wasn’t in the least! My review is here.
Star Trek Memories by William Shatner
An insider look at one of the greatest sci-fi franchises in history! My video review is here.
Dark Halls by Jeff Menapace
A scary horror story that gave me crazy shivers! My review has not posted yet, but will next year. We just ran out of time for this year.
The Same Deep Water As You by Chad Lutzke
An out of my comfort zone story that stuck in my brain and made me feel all kinds of things! My review is here.
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
A classic story that has stood the test of time! My review is here.
Atonement by Ian McEwan
A bittersweet story of self reflection and regret that kept me turning pages till the very end! My review and movie comparision is here.
Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think? Are any of these on your TBR? -Kim (KSF)
Goodbye 2019 and hello to a new decade! This year has gone by quickly, especially the last few months. Today I will share my Top 10 of 2019, and apparently YA dominated my list this year. Also, Katherine Center and Neal Shusterman have made my Top 10 two years in a row now!
Kim and I had one book that made both of our lists. You will have to see what her Top 10 is tomorrow to see what made both lists!
Here are my picks for Top 10 in order:
10. Birthday by Meredith Russo
Written by a transgender author, Birthday shows us what someone who is transgender experiences. Russo’s novels are important stories that those who are transgender may need and will help those of us who are not transgender understand what it is like. My review for Birthday is here.
9. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
I did not expect to love this one as much as I did! The audiobook had different narrators for each character, which helped. I also did not figure the ending out! The sequel One of Us is Next comes out January 7, 2020 and there is also a tv show in the works, which will be Must See TV for me! My review for One of Us is Lying is here.
8. Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
Center’s husband is a volunteer firefighter and she got many stories from him, and Things You Save in a Fire is so realistic! Center’s protagonist is a female fire fighter which I really loved! Center is fast becoming a new favorite author and I can’t wait to see what she has coming next! My review for Things You Save in a Fire is here.
7. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis
If Everything, Everything and The Fault in Our Stars got together and had a baby then it would result in Five Feet Apart. I loved so much about this novel! I still have yet to see the movie, but WILL soon! And again… This cover is just gorgeous! My review for Five Feet Apart is here.
6. Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum
A powerful YA novel that dealt with the aftermath of 9/11 and how it still affects us 15 years later. This is yet another one that everyone should read! My review for Hope and Other Punch Lines is here.
5. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
I absolutely loved this book for its unique concept. *Spoiler Alert* we know what is going to happen in this novel from the title, but it is not about the end of Mateo and Rufus’ lives, it is the journey they go on for their final day. This one makes you think, would you want to know that this day is your last? My review for They Both Die at the End is here.
4. Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
Neal Shusterman is an author we both love at Jessica’s Reading Room and Dry was no exception! This is yet another novel that leaves you thinking about it long after you have finished reading it. My review for Dry is here.
3. The Ghostly Father by Sue Barnard
I have always been a fan of Romeo and Juliet, so this retelling that is part prequel and also part sequel was just up my alley! I loved everything about it and loved Barnard’s unique take on the story! My review for The Ghostly Father is here.
2. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Kindred was a novel I came across looking for First Line Friday novels. I was concerned if it aged well as some novels don’t ‘age well’, but wow, this one is superb! Kindred is a must read for everyone! In fact, it came very close to my number one read of 2019. My review for Kindred is here.
What is my number one read of 2019??????
1. The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain!!!
The Dream Daughter has earned its spot as my favorite book…EVER. Its is absolute perfection for me! It went in a direction I was not expecting, and was a little leery about at first, but OMG, I loved everything about it! This was my first read by Chamberlain and it will not be my last! My review for The Dream Daughter is here.
Have you read any of these books, and if so what did you think of them? Kim’s Top 10 of 2019 will post tomorrow. She decided on her Top 10 a little differently from they way I chose mine. Stay tuned to see what books she loved and what one book we had in common for our Top 10![Top]
Another nearly impossible list to try to compile . . . but I tried! This year, I’ve decided to ignore my star ratings and go with the most memorable/emotional. Yes, several of the contestants from the “Most Gorgeous Cover” tournament are on this list, but believe it or not, the covers are not dictating this list. I also left out any books that I had read before 2018, which actually helped quite a bit in narrowing it down! I went with my gut this year and here is the result.
***And these are in no particular order, because that really is undoable!***
His Fair Assassin Series by Robin LaFevers
I loved the setting, the story, and the characters in this series. It was unique and fascinating!
Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman
I cannot say enough good about this series. I’ve never read anything like it and Shusterman, per usual, philosophized the hell out of my brain without sacrificing plot or characters.
We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
Dark, interesting, and engaging. It pulled me into the pages and didn’t let go!
Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely
A badass heroine in a western setting. Perfection! Ok, and the cover is easily my favorite of the year!
Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness
A continuation of a saga I’ve been in love with for years! So wonderful to be able to read more about the characters that I’ve come to see as friends!
This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Crazy mind games in a dark and twisted world; all in the expert way the way that only McGinnis can portray.
Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen
My favorite WW2 fiction, easily. A usually untold perspective of strength and fighting back.
Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty
Another beautiful character in a gorgeous and surreal setting. When a book actually makes me think about going camping, you know it’s good!
Jagged Mind by Taylor Saville
I would talk about this book . . . but I’d probably just start crying all over again! This book stuck in my brain for longer than any other book has and brought out all the feelings!
Alone by Cyn Balog:
Insane, psychological plot twists and surprises and super creepy; I loved it!
What were your top reads on 2018? What are you looking forward to for 2019?[Top]